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Contact: Steve Vinson, Senior VP for Communications
Telephone: 229.931.5925
Cell: 662.891.3236
Email: svinson@magnoliamanor.com
Website: www.magnoliamanor.com

May 13, 2020

Magnolia Manor COVID-19 update

Magnolia Manor Home Office, Americus, GA, May 13, 2020 –President and CEO Mark R. Todd reported that as expected with increased testing, Magnolia Manor has seen a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases at the Americus Nursing Center. In the past week, ten residents have tested positive. However, only half of them had symptoms. Surprisingly, symptomatic residents have not exhibited the classic signs of infection. Most have had a temperature of around 99 degrees instead of the 100.4 marker that typically indicates an infection, and well below the 104 degrees cited as a COVID-19 indicator.

“This is a perfect example of why it is difficult to get ahead of this virus,” said Todd. “We’ve taken precautions as advised by the CDC and others, but we keep seeing new cases. Now we know why.” He went on to explain that infected persons are most contagious in the days before symptoms appear—IF they appear at all.  

Todd continued, “This illustrates the importance of access to regular and timely testing with rapid results.”

“Two weeks ago, I reported that our goal is to test every resident and employee in the Nursing Center,” said Todd. “We have already tested 76 of 142 residents and are on schedule to screen everyone in the building.” Thirty-five were tested last week, with twenty-four receiving negative results for COVID-19, and ten testing positive. The other report is still pending. Meanwhile, the National Guard has tested 102 employees this week.

Currently, twenty-one residents are receiving care onsite, and six are hospitalized. Todd added, “Any symptomatic residents continue to be cared for in isolation while we wait for test results.

There continue to be no known resident cases at any other Magnolia Manor campus.

Meanwhile, testing of all fifty-seven residents and thirty-four staff at the Marion County facility in Buena Vista is now complete. Results are pending.

Among employees, the Americus Nursing and Retirement Centers, Columbus Nursing Center, St. Simons Island Nursing Center and the Marion Country campus have staff who tested positive for the virus.

“As I have said before, any employee who reports symptoms remains off duty until receiving a confirmed negative test report,” Todd added.

Magnolia Manor continues to follow all guidelines recommended by the CDC, CMS and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

 “I am sorry to report that this week we lost a hospitalized Nursing Center resident to the disease. Everyone is working so hard to stop this thing, and we all take this loss personally.”

Magnolia Manor is not accepting new admissions into any of its Nursing Centers.  However, the organization continues to create procedures and a timetable for accepting new residents in its Independent and Assisted Living programs. No new admissions have occurred since March, and Todd indicated a number of prospective residents are eager to move in.

“As much as we want to welcome new residents tomorrow, we can’t until we have a process that is reasonable in light of this pandemic. When the procedures are ready, we will open one campus at a time and proceed cautiously.”

Headquartered in Americus, Georgia, Magnolia Manor is a faith-based, tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization affiliated by covenant with the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Magnolia Manor was established in 1959 and employs almost 1,000 staff who serve about 1,500 senior adults daily throughout South Georgia. Services at our nine locations are open to all persons, regardless of denominational affiliation. We provide various levels of care, including Independent Living, Catered Care, Personal Care, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitative Therapy and specialized Memory Care.


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